It has been known for some years that there are serious safety concerns about the RAF's fleet of Nimrod aircraft. Based on the old (now very old) Comet passenger jets, which themselves were beset by safety problems, one has already crashed on active service, killing all 14 of the crew. But despite assurances from minsters, further evidence has emerged of fuel leaks in the aircraft.
The BBC reports that the log of one aircraft has been leaked to them, with the log book showing that at least one other aircraft in the fleet has sever fuel leaks, leading the plane to be highly dangerous.
One has to ask, if the government are so sure of the aircraft's safety, perhaps ministers could be flown to official visits in Nimrods for the next six months ? This vote of confidence from ministers would surely tell us all that they are genuinely of the belief that the aircraft are safe.